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From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James "J Dilla" Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform. The songs on "Donuts "are not hip hop music as "hip hop music" is typically defined; they careen and crash into each other, in one moment noisy and abrasive, gorgeous and heartbreaking the next. The samples and melodies tell the story of a man coming to terms with his declining health, a final love letter to the family and friends he was leaving behind. As a prolific producer with a voracious appetite for the history and mechanics of the music he loved, J Dilla knew the records that went into constructing "Donuts "inside and out. He could have taken them all and made a much different, more accessible album. If the widely accepted view is that his final work is a record about dying, the question becomes why did he make this record about dying?Drawing from philosophy, critical theory and musicology, as well as Dilla's own musical catalogue, Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory, irascible and confrontational music found on "Donuts "is as much a result of an artist's declining health as it is an example of what scholars call "late style," placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries.
In this surprising and moving memoir, the legendary rap star and cofounder of Run D.M.C. keeps it a hundred percent, speaking out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts-one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today. As one third of the legendary rap group Run D.M.C., Darryl "DMC" McDaniels-aka Legendary MC, The Devastating Mic Controller, and the King of Rock-had it all: talent, money, fame, prestige. While hitting #1 on the Billboard charts was exhilarating, the group's success soon became overwhelming. A creative guy who enjoyed being at home alone or with his family, DMC turned to alcohol to numb himself, a retreat that became an addiction. For years, he went through the motions. But in 1997, when intoxication could no longer keep the pain at bay, he plunged into severe depression and became suicidal. He wasn't alone. During the same period, suicide became the number three leading cause of death among black people-a health crisis that continues to this day. In this riveting memoir, DMC speaks openly about his emotional and psychological struggles and the impact on his life, and addresses the many reasons that led him-and thousands of others-to consider suicide. Some of the factors include not being true to who you are, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and a lack of understanding and support from friends and family when it's needed most. He also provides essential information on resources for getting help. Revealing how even the most successful people can suffer from depression, DMC offers inspiration for everyone in pain-information and insight that he hopes can help save other lives.
This sequel to How to Rap breaks down and examines techniques that have not previously been explained -- such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns. Based on interviews with hip-hop's most innovative artists and groups, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kane, this book takes you through the intricacies of rhythm, rhyme, and vocal delivery, delving into the art form in unprecedented detail. It is a must-read for MCs looking to take their craft to the next level, as well as anyone fascinated by rapping and its complexity.
In the late 80s, a group of high school dropouts, drug dealers, and ex-cons spoke out against racial injustice and police brutality. They did it through hip-hop. Their explosive popularity put their Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton on the map. They gave a voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever--Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. Music journalist Ben Westhoff shows how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually an all-out war between East Coast and West Coast rappers. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years. At gangsta rap's peak, two of its biggest names--Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls--would be murdered, and the surviving superstars would have to make peace before their music collapsed in its own violence. Exhaustively reported and masterfully written, ORIGINAL GANGSTAS is a monumental work of music history that will offer news-making stories about a legendary group of artists, some living, some dead.
Filled with more than 250 images of artists including Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, Public Enemy, 50 Cent, N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Lauren Hill, Queen Latifah, TLC, many that have never before been published, this book is set to become the new hip-hop photography bible With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, preeminent photographer Brother Ernie captures the last four decades of the evolution of hip-hop--the styles that grew from it, and the artists who shaped it. Complete with Brother Ernie's personal anecdotes of time spent with subjects, and stories behind the photographs, Hip-Hop at the End of the World shares intimate moments from the most important era of hip-hop. After picking up a camera in the 1973 to document the graffiti art that dominated New York City, Ernest Paniccioli started his journey of whole-heartedly capturing the scene during the most fertile years of hip-hop. Always armed with a 35mm camera, he successfully photographed nearly every rapper of note since the genre's inception, making him the go-to photographer for magazines like Word Up and Rap Masters. Hip Hop at the End of the World is a carefully curated selection of photographs from Brother Ernie's extensive archives, celebrating over 40 years of swag in one of the most complete records of the most crucial movements in American music.
`It's a hip-hop bible' Ghostface Killah, Wutang Clan In Hip Hop Raised Me. (R) , DJ Semtex examines the crucial role of hip-hop in society today, and reflects on the huge influence it has had on his own life, and the lives of many others, filling in the gaps of education that school left behind, providing inspiration and purpose to generation after generation of disaffected youths. Taking a thematic approach and featuring seminal interviews he has conducted with key hip-hop artists, Semtex traces the characteristics and influence of hip-hop from its origins in the early 1970s with DJ Kool Herc's Block parties in the South Bronx, through its breakthrough to the mainstream and advent of gangsta rap in the late 1980s, with artists such as Run DMC, Public Enemy and Ice T, to the impact of contemporary artists and the global industry that is hip-hop today. Hip-hop artists have gone from hustlers to successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. Hip-hop has come of age.
Back In The Days documents the emerging hip-hop scence from 1980-1989--before it became today's multi-million-dollar multinational industry. Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people hangin' in Harlern, kickin' it in Queens, and cold chillin' in Brooklyn. Street styling with an attitude not seen in fashion for another twenty years to come. Shabazz's subjects strike poses that put supermodels to shame. For anyone who wants to know what "'keepin' it real" means, Back In the Days is the book of your dreams.
Bun B.'s Rap colouring and Activity Book is a 48-page fully interactive book of colouring pages, unbelievably clever activities and smart plays on rap culture bring Hip-Hop right into your living room.
*A 2018 BOOK OF THE YEAR* `An inspirational must-read.' Evening Standard `A very important book.' Will Gompertz, BBC `A motivational, inspirational oral history.' Nikesh Shukla, iNews `Don't sleep on it... the future is looking #Merky.' Metro ______________________ `It's been a long time coming, I swear...' In four years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation. Rise Up is the story of how he got there. It's a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It's about knowing where you're from, and where you're going. It's about following your dreams without compromising who you are. Featuring never-before-seen photographs, lyrics and contributions from Team #Merky, Rise Up is the #Merky story, and the record of a journey unlike any other. ______________________ Edited and Co-written by Jude Yawson Contributions by Team #Merky Images by Kaylum Dennis
In the twenty-first century, Senegalese hip hop-"Rap Galsen"-has reverberated throughout the world as an exemplar of hip hop resistance in its mobilization against government corruption during a series of tumultuous presidential elections. Yet Senegalese hip hop's story goes beyond resistance; it is a story of globalization, of diasporic movement and memory, of imagined African pasts and contemporary African realities, and of urbanization and the banality of socio-economic struggle. At particular moments in Rap Galsen's history, origin narratives linked hip hop to a mythologized Africa through the sounds of indigenous oralities. At other times, contrasting narratives highlighted hip hop's equally mythologized roots in the postindustrial U.S. inner city and African American experience. As Senegalese youth engage these globally circulating narratives, hip hop performance and its stories negotiate their place in a rapidly changing world. In Hip Hop Time explores this relationship between popular music and social change, framing Senegalese hip hop as a musical movement deeply tied to both indigenous performance practices and changing social norms in urban Africa. Author Catherine Appert takes us from Senegalese hip hop's beginnings among cosmopolitan youth in Dakar's affluent neighborhoods in the 1980s, to its spread throughout the city's ghettoized working class neighborhoods in the mid- to late-'90s, and into the present day, where political activism and hip hop musicality vie for position in local and global arenas. An ethnography of the inextricability of musical and social meaning in hip hop practice, In Hip Hop Time charts new intellectual territory in the scholarship of African and global hip hop.
At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. In the 1990s, Los Angeles was home to numerous radical social and environmental eruptions. In the face of several major earthquakes and floods, riots and economic insecurity, police brutality and mass incarceration, some young black Angelenos turned to holy hip hop-a movement merging Christianity and hip hop culture-to "save" themselves and the city. Converting street corners to airborne churches and gangsta rap beats into anthems of praise, holy hip hoppers used gospel rap to navigate complicated social and spiritual realities and to transform the Southland's fractured terrains into musical Zions. Armed with beats, rhymes, and bibles, they journeyed through black Lutheran congregations, prison ministries, African churches, reggae dancehalls, hip hop clubs, Nation of Islam meetings, and Black Lives Matter marches. Zanfagna's fascinating ethnography provides a contemporary and unique view of black LA, offering a much-needed perspective on how music and religion intertwine in people's everyday experiences.
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aTo the Break of Dawn marks a crucial turning point in hip-hop
writing. . . . By opening the discourse on hip-hopas aesthetic,
Cobb spearheads a new sub-genre, and perhaps a return or revolution
in hip-hop aesthetics.a
a[P]eels back the many digitized layers of hip-hop to explore
the evolution of the MC, from African folkloric traditions to the
global (and often hypercommercial) phenomenon it is today.
SEE ALSO: "Pimps Up, Hoas Down: Hip Hopas Hold on Young Black Women" by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.
aTo the Break of Dawn is smart, funny, conversational -- a book
to touch off serious study of the modern MC.a
aUpon finishing To The Break of Dawn any objective fan will
acknowledge that Cobb has done a commendable job in chronicling
rapas evolution and explaining its multiple influences and
aTo the Break of Dawn dissects the evolution of hip hop lyricism
from its most primitive beginnings to its current manifestation as
a global phenomenon. Author Jelani Cobb examines issues of race,
geography, genre and bravado in this overview of hip hopas lyrical
art. Covering words from B.I.G., Cube, Obie Trice and Pimp C, Cobb
offers an intellectual and up-to-date report on hip hopas most
aWhat makes William Jelani Cobb's To the Break of Dawn so
refreshing is that it centers on what hip-hop is, rather than on
what it does. Eschewing the common practice of treating rap lyrics
as just another way to talk about race, politics or the self, Cobb
treats them as art. His aim is ambitious: toarticulate hip-hop's
aesthetic principles while tracing its roots back to the aancestral
poetic and musical traditionsa of black oral culture, from Sunday
sermons to gut-bucket blues. To the Break of Dawn celebrates
lyrical invention, the artists and even the particular rhymes that
make hip-hop great. For the uninitiated, it is Hip-Hop 101,
offering a rich overview of rap's verbal artistry. For the
aficionado, it alternately affirms and challenges deeply held
beliefs of what is valuable in hip-hop.a
aThis book makes an important contribution to hip-hop history. .
. . Cobbas writing style is engaging, and the book benefits from
the legitimacy provided by the authoras background: he is a former
MC who grew up with the culture.a
aOn literally every page [Cobb] displays a tremendous command of
language and history as he aexamines the aesthetic, stylistic, and
thematic evolution of hip hop from its inception in the South Bronx
to the present era.a But make no mistake: this groundbreaking work
is an artfully constructed and vividly written look at athe
artistic evolution of rap music and its relationship to earlier
forms of black expression.a Much of the book's pleasure also comes
from Cobb's ability to afreestylea serious and humorous
insights-from how artists such as Tupac and Nas sometimes astepped
outside the conventions of hip-hop to pen sympathetic narratives
about the sexual exploitation of young women, a to how LL Cool J's
pioneering aI Need a Beata sounded alike he'd raided every entry in
an SAT book.a aa
aVital stuff for hip hop fans eager to know more about their
favorite culturalidiomas development and underpinnings.a
aAt a time when academics are just beginning to recognize hip
hop as a legitimate form, William Jelani Cobb, a child of rap
himself, brings an unparalleled level of understanding to the
music. His historically informed yet hip-to-the-tip viewpoint roots
readers in the art form rather than the hype.a
aWith poetic passion and surgical precision, William Jelani
Cobb's engaging exploration of the hip hop aesthetic lovingly
demonstrates that, when it comes to beats and rhymes, the beauty of
the (bass) god resides in the details.a
aFinally, a hip hop study that captures the verve and swagger
that marked the work of our critical forebears Albert Murray and
Amiri Baraka. In his brilliant new tome, William Jelani Cobb
bridges the gap between the majesty of the blues and the gully
regality of hip hop.a
"Wow! "To the Break of Dawn" is a crucial contribution to hip
hop history. I'm thrilled that William Jelani Cobb has documented
hip hop's relationship to the blues. If you want to truly
understand how hip hop was born, read this booka
"aTo the Break of Dawn" tells the serious story of hip hop's
artistic roots, and in the process revels in the great MCs who
stand at the crossroads of music and literature. In a crowded field
of hip hop scholars, pundits, and journalists, "To the Break of
Dawn" puts William Jelani Cobb way out in front.a
aUpon finishing To the Break of Dawn, any objective fan will
acknowledge that Cobb has done a commendable job in chronicling
rapasevolution and explaining its multiple influences and impact.
Hereas a fresh look at a music that continues to electrify,
confound, alienate, and fascinate.a
"He'll idle with some prelim scratches to let the crowd know what's coming next. And if his boy got skills enough, if the verbal game is tight enough, that right there will be the kinetic moment, that blessed split-second when beat meets rhyme."
With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. To the Break of Dawn uniquely examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. A kid from Queens who spent his youth at the epicenter of this new art form, music critic William Jelani Cobb takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam.
The four pillars of hip hop--break dancing, graffiti art, deejaying, and rapping--find their origins in traditions as diverse as the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira and Caribbean immigrants' turnstile artistry. Tracing hip-hop's relationship to ancestral forms of expression, Cobb explores the cultural and literary elements that are at its core. From KRS-One and Notorious B.I.G. to Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill, he profiles MCs who were pivotal to the rise of the genre, verbal artists whose lineage runs back to the black preacher and the bluesman.
Unlike books that focus on hip-hop as a social movement or a commercial phenomenon, To the Break of Dawn tracks the music's aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution from its inception to today's distinctly regional sub-divisions and styles. Written with an insider's ear, the book illuminates hip-hop's innovations in a freestyle form that speaks to both aficionados and newcomers to the art.
Posthuman Rap listens for the ways contemporary rap maps an existence outside the traditional boundaries of what it means to be human. Contemporary humanity is shaped in neoliberal terms, where being human means being viable in a capitalist marketplace that favors whiteness, masculinity, heterosexuality, and fixed gender identities. But musicians from Nicki Minaj to Future to Rae Sremmurd deploy queerness and sonic blackness as they imagine different ways of being human. Building on the work of Sylvia Wynter, Alexander Weheliye, Lester Spence, LH Stallings, and a broad swath of queer and critical race theory, Posthuman Rap turns an ear especially toward hip hop that is often read as apolitical in order to hear its posthuman possibilities, its construction of a humanity that is blacker, queerer, more feminine than the norm.
In 1996 Tupac Shakur, one of the most talented artists of his time, was murdered by an unknown gunman. Fred L. Johnson and Tayannah Lee McQuillar examine the theories surrounding his death and the story of Tupac's lost legacy in this definitive biography.
For millions, Shakur gave voice to their stories, but there was also another side to him, revealed as his life spun out of control, as the whispered warnings from friends went unheeded and the denunciations of critics grew louder. Disturbingly, he sang and wrote about his impending death. When it came, it brought the music industry to its knees and ended an era when American rappers were leaders in using their art to speak the truth to corporate, government, and judicial power.
Eminem is currently the world's biggest and most controversial music star. He has been blasted for what many of his critics regard as overtly homophobic and misogynistic lyrics, and resented both for his record-breaking commercial success and being a white man in a black genre. But Eminem's sheer talent has transcended such condemnation and established him as the most important figure to come out of popular music since Kurt Cobain. Whatever You Say I Am - based on exclusive interviews with members of Eminem's family, key figures in the music business, sociologists and reviewers and featuring previously unpublished photographs - is the first book to reveal the man behind the controversy. Most crucially, Anthony Bozza's unprecedented access to Eminem himself makes him uniquely qualified to answer the big question - why does Eminem matter? The answer is found in Eminem's unlikely life story, in his extraordinary ascent to super-stardom and in an analysis of his music and lyrics. Whatever You Say I Am will keep Eminem's legions of fans riveted, and will enlighten his critics.
This title explores a key hip hop album marking the cross over point where the streets and the charts collided. Contradiction the simultaneous existence of two competing realities and larger than life persona are at the core of "Nas' Illmatic". Yet Nas' identity - as an inner-city youth, a child of hip hop and a Black American - predicts those philosophical quandaries as much as it does its brazen ambition. The artistic impact of Illmatic was massive. The record finds its place in the greatest transition in hip hop up to that point. Along with the Wu Tang Clan's debut from the previous year, Illmatic put New York back on the map after a long period of West coast, G-funk dominance. Nas also mapped out the laid-back lyrical style that would usher in the modern era of hip hop. "33 1/3" is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.
Today's hottest rapper' the enigmatic Eminem' delivers a provocative collection of his uncensored lyrics, complete with personal commentary on each controversial song.
Angry Blonde is the only official Eminem book on the market, done with the complete authorisation and support of the rap superstar.
Eminem is a multi-platinum recording artist whose albums The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP have sold nearly nine million copies combined.
Eminem's most recent release, The Marshall Mathers LP, made music history as the fastest-selling album from a solo act in Billboard history' it sold 1.76 million copies in its first week and has netted 6 million copies to date.
● Entertainment Weekly called The Marshall Mathers LP "The first great pop record of the 21st Century."
Eminem is everywhere. His face has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Spin, among other magazines; he has a Pay-Per-View special slated for Christmas 2000; and he will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards this September.
Eminem's personal life is also garnering him a lot of media attention: he's currently being sued for defamation of character by his mother and faces two separate assault charges.
Along with his controversial lyrics and Eminem's own commentary on them, Angry Blonde will feature never-before-published photos.
Martha Cooper has the reputation of beeing the first and foremost photographer of emering Hip Hop culture in New York City. Her book, HIP HOP FILES - Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. The book documents the beginning of the phenomenon, now known as Hip Hop. The publication of many of her photos in the early 80s, disseminated the culture both at home and abroad. Along with the photos are quotes and statements from the people appearing in them. The book celebrates its 10th birthday in 2014 and was published in three different languages: german, english and french. The book includes a thoughtful introduction by ZEPHYR as well as essays by CHARLIE AHEARN; PATTI ASTOR and POPMASTER FABEL, participants in the early Hip Hop scene.
Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, will.i.am--these are just some of the acclaimed artists offering tips and advice in this compelling how-to. Delivering countless candid and exclusive first-person insights from interviews with more than one hundred of the most innovative artists, author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of rap from every region and in every form--mainstream and underground, current and classic--and covers everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery. A first-of-its-kind guide, "How to Rap "provides a wealth of insight and rapping lore that will benefit beginners and pros alike.
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